What is a Local Development Plan (LDP)?

The Local Development Plan will apply regional policies at the local level and inform the general public, statutory authorities, developers and other interested bodies of the policy framework and land use proposals that will guide development decisions within Ards and North Down.

The Ards and North Down LDP will:

  • · provide a 15-year plan framework to support the economic and social needs of a council’s district in line with regional strategies and policies, while providing for the delivery of sustainable development;
  • · facilitate sustainable growth by co-ordinating public and private investment to encourage development where it can be of most benefit to the well-being of the community;
  • · allocate sufficient land to meet society’s needs;
  • · provide an opportunity for all stakeholders, including the public, to have a say about where and how development within their local area should take place;
  • · provide a plan-led framework for rational and consistent decision-making by the public, private and community sectors and those affected by development proposals; and
  • · deliver the spatial aspects of The Big Plan – the Council’s Community Plan.


Plan-led System

Section 6 (4) of The Planning Act (NI) 2011 provides for the plan-led system. It states that where, in making any determination under the 2011 Act, regard is to be had to the local development plan, the determination must be made in accordance with the plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

In other words under the plan-led system, the Local Development Plan will be the primary consideration in the determination of planning applications for the development or use of land.